All Dialogues

Title Date Tags
The teaching of Watchman Nee and Witness Lee concerning the proper standing of a local church.
04/27/2018 affirmation, Bible Answer Man, Christian Research Institute, church ground, CRI, deification, Elliot Miller, Hank Hanegraaff, litigation, Neil Duddy, Open Letter, partakers of the divine nature, SCP, Spiritual Counterfeits Project, The God-Men, Trinity, Triune God, video
What the Apostle Peter and Athanasius say about deification.
04/27/2018 affirmation, Bible Answer Man, Christian Research Institute, church ground, CRI, deification, Elliot Miller, Hank Hanegraaff, litigation, Neil Duddy, Open Letter, partakers of the divine nature, SCP, Spiritual Counterfeits Project, The God-Men, Trinity, Triune God, video
Witness Lee’s teaching of deification is actual a biblical view.
04/27/2018 affirmation, Bible Answer Man, Christian Research Institute, church ground, CRI, deification, Elliot Miller, Hank Hanegraaff, litigation, Neil Duddy, Open Letter, partakers of the divine nature, SCP, Spiritual Counterfeits Project, The God-Men, Trinity, Triune God, video
Witness Lee and the local churches “are bringing a correction to a problem within Western evangelicalism” concerning the Trinity.
04/27/2018 affirmation, Bible Answer Man, Christian Research Institute, church ground, CRI, deification, Elliot Miller, Hank Hanegraaff, litigation, Neil Duddy, Open Letter, partakers of the divine nature, SCP, Spiritual Counterfeits Project, The God-Men, Trinity, Triune God, video
How the “open letter” signers got it wrong.
04/27/2018 affirmation, Bible Answer Man, Christian Research Institute, church ground, CRI, deification, Elliot Miller, Hank Hanegraaff, litigation, Neil Duddy, Open Letter, partakers of the divine nature, SCP, Spiritual Counterfeits Project, The God-Men, Trinity, Triune God, video
The benefits of pray-reading as a means of nourishing and equipping believers with the Word of God (Eph. 6:17-18; Jer. 15:16).
04/27/2018 affirmation, Bible Answer Man, Christian Research Institute, CRI, Elliot Miller, Hank Hanegraaff, pray-reading, prophesying, video
All prophesying (1 Cor. 14:26, 31) for mutual building up.
04/27/2018 affirmation, Bible Answer Man, Christian Research Institute, CRI, Elliot Miller, Hank Hanegraaff, pray-reading, prophesying, video
Hank comments on his realization that the local churches have “something to offer Western Christianity.
04/27/2018 affirmation, Bible Answer Man, Christian Research Institute, CRI, Elliot Miller, Hank Hanegraaff, pray-reading, prophesying, video
Meeting believers who suffered persecution because of the writings of apologetics ministries in the West.
04/27/2018 affirmation, Bible Answer Man, China, Christian Research Institute, CRI, Gretchen Passantino, Hank Hanegraaff, video
How dialogue changed Elliot Miller’s view of the local churches.
04/27/2018 affirmation, Bible Answer Man, Christian Research Institute, CRI, Elliot Miller, Hank Hanegraaff, J. Gordon Melton, standards of scholarship, video
The importance of dialogue and how dialogue led Elliot Miller to reassess the local churches.
04/27/2018 affirmation, Bible Answer Man, Christian Research Institute, CRI, Elliot Miller, Hank Hanegraaff, J. Gordon Melton, standards of scholarship, video
The countercult community’s error in rejecting Dr. J. Gordon Melton’s Open Letter.
04/27/2018 affirmation, Bible Answer Man, Christian Research Institute, CRI, Elliot Miller, Hank Hanegraaff, J. Gordon Melton, standards of scholarship, video
The importance of context in understanding others’ teachings.
04/27/2018 affirmation, Bible Answer Man, Christian Research Institute, CRI, Elliot Miller, Hank Hanegraaff, J. Gordon Melton, standards of scholarship, video
Doing discernment ministry properly and the consequences of statements made in error.
04/27/2018 affirmation, Bible Answer Man, Christian Research Institute, CRI, Elliot Miller, Hank Hanegraaff, J. Gordon Melton, standards of scholarship, video
Concluding that the teaching of Witness Lee and the local churches is “well within Christian orthodoxy.”
04/27/2018 affirmation, Bible Answer Man, Christian Research Institute, Christian Research Journal, CRI, Elliot Miller, Gretchen Passantino, Hank Hanegraaff, video
On seeing “authentic New Testament Christianity” in action in his visits to local churches in various parts of the world.
04/27/2018 affirmation, Bible Answer Man, Christian Research Institute, Christian Research Journal, CRI, Elliot Miller, Gretchen Passantino, Hank Hanegraaff, video
On hearing “stirring affirmations” of the faith from representatives of Living Stream Ministry and the local churches.
04/27/2018 affirmation, Bible Answer Man, Christian Research Institute, Christian Research Journal, CRI, Elliot Miller, Gretchen Passantino, Hank Hanegraaff, video

As a result of a thorough study, Fuller Theological Seminary issued a statement endorsing the orthodoxy of the faith of the local churches and stating that critics of the ministry of Watchman Nee and Witness Lee had “greatly distorted their teachings.”

03/05/2014 affirmation, Fuller Theological Seminary, Howard Loewen, Living Stream Ministry, local churches, LSM, orthodoxy, Richard Mouw, Veli-Matti Kärkkäinen

The Christian Research Institute published videos to accompany excerpts from radio broadcasts of Hank Hanegraaff, the Bible Answer Man, discussing the findings of the Christian Research Institute’s six-year primary research projects into the local churches and the ministry of Witness Lee.

03/05/2014 affirmation, Bible Answer Man, China, Christian Research Institute, CRI, deification, Elliot Miller, Gretchen Passantino, Hank Hanegraaff, Open Letter, pray-reading, prophesying, salvation, Trinity, Triune God

In December 2009, the Christian Research Institute (CRI) published an edition of its Christian Research Journal dedicated to CRI’s reassessment of the local churches and the ministry of Witness Lee. This reassessment caused CRI to withdraw its earlier criticisms and endorse the local churches as “genuine New Testament Christianity.”

03/05/2014 affirmation, AIA, Answers in Action, Christian Research Institute, Christian Research Journal, CRI, Elliot Miller, Gretchen Passantino, Hank Hanegraaff, local churches, Open Letter, We Were Wrong

Voices of Confirmation contains the testimonies of leading evangelicals who, through direct study and contact, have come to appreciate the local churches and the ministry of Watchman Nee and Witness Lee.

12/17/2013 affirmation, AIA, Answers in Action, Christian Research Institute, Congressional Record, CRI, Elliot Miller, Gretchen Passantino, Hank Hanegraaff, local churches, scholars, Voices of Confirmation, Watchman Nee, Witness Lee

A series of excerpts from radio broadcasts of Hank Hanegraaff, the Bible Answer Man, discussing the findings of the Christian Research Institute’s six-year primary research projects into the local churches and the ministry of Witness Lee.

11/30/2009 affirmation, Bible Answer Man, Christian Research Institute, CRI, Hank Hanegraaff, video

Hank Hanegraaff, President of Christian Research Institute, and Elliot Miller, Editor-in-Chief of the Christian Research Journal discuss the importance of proper research and apologetics methods, the serious consequences of careless scholarship, and how dialogue changed their perceptions of the local churches.

11/30/2009 affirmation, Bible Answer Man, Christian Research Institute, CRI, Elliot Miller, Hank Hanegraaff, J. Gordon Melton, standards of scholarship, video

Hank Hanegraaff, President of Christian Research Institute, and Elliot Miller, Editor-in-Chief of the Christian Research Journal discuss practices they observed in the local churches that would benefit the entire Body of Christ, including the practice of all prophesying for mutual building up according to 1 Corinthians 14 and the practice of pray-reading the Word of God to nourish and equip the believers.

11/30/2009 affirmation, Bible Answer Man, Christian Research Institute, CRI, Elliot Miller, Hank Hanegraaff, pray-reading, prophesying, video

Elliot Miller, Editor-in-Chief of the Christian Research Journal, and Hank Hanegraaff, President of Christian Research Institute talk about deficiencies in the scholarship and biblical understanding of Christian leaders who signed a 2007 open letter criticizing the ministry of Witness Lee and the local churches.

11/30/2009 affirmation, Bible Answer Man, Christian Research Institute, church ground, CRI, deification, Elliot Miller, Hank Hanegraaff, litigation, Neil Duddy, Open Letter, partakers of the divine nature, SCP, Spiritual Counterfeits Project, The God-Men, Trinity, Triune God, video

Elliot Miller, Editor-in-Chief of the Christian Research Journal, describes his experience of meeting members of the local churches in China and witnessing the strong move of the gospel and the bright testimony of “some very dedicated disciples of Christ.”

11/30/2009 affirmation, Bible Answer Man, China, Christian Research Institute, CRI, Gretchen Passantino, Hank Hanegraaff, video

Hank Hanegraaff, President of Christian Research Institute; Elliot Miller, Editor-in-Chief of the Christian Research Journal, and Gretchen Passantino, director of Answers in Action talk about their conclusions after a six-year primary research project into the teachings of Witness Lee and the practice of the local churches.

11/30/2009 affirmation, Bible Answer Man, Christian Research Institute, Christian Research Journal, CRI, Elliot Miller, Gretchen Passantino, Hank Hanegraaff, video

This 2009 book contains a statement prepared by the LSM editorial section addressing key issues in dialogues with a panel of Fuller Theological Seminary professors regarding the Trinity, the Person of Christ, God’s full salvation, and the genuine ground of oneness. It also contains a copy of the Fuller panel’s conclusions from their study.

02/28/2009 affirmation, church ground, Confirmation of the Gospel, Fuller Theological Seminary, identification, lawsuits, litigation, Living Stream Ministry, LSM, oneness of the believers, salvation, Trinity, Triune God, two natures of Christ

This 2008 book contains statements from Hank Hanegraaff, President of Christian Research Institute; Gretchen Passantino, director of Answers in Action; and Fuller Theological Seminary that attest to the orthodoxy of the teaching and practice of the local churches.

11/30/2008 affirmation, AIA, Answers in Action, Christian Research Institute, CRI, Fuller Theological Seminary, Gretchen Passantino, Hank Hanegraaff, Howard Loewen, Richard Mouw, Veli-Matti Kärkkäinen

Although the local churches have always been willing to dialogue with responsible apologists and theologians, it was not until 2003 that this openness bore significant fruit. This article gives a brief history of the dialogues that have ensued since that time.

11/30/2008 affirmation, AIA, Answers in Action, Christian Research Institute, CRI, Elliot Miller, Fuller Theological Seminary, Gretchen Passantino, Hank Hanegraaff, Howard Loewen, Richard Mouw, Veli-Matti Kärkkäinen, We Were Wrong

Since 2003 representatives of Living Stream Ministry and the local churches have engaged in dialogue with Hank Hanegraaff and his staff at Christian Research Institute. This dialogue has resulted in a complete reversal of CRI’s earlier criticism of the local churches and the ministry of Witness Lee.

10/02/2008 AIA, Answers in Action, Bible Answer Man, Christian Research Institute, CRI, Elliot Miller, Gretchen Passantino, Hank Hanegraaff, History, We Were Wrong